Don’t miss this engaging keynote address where David Blaine will share his stories of passion, determination and what it takes to challenge the realm of what others around you find "impossible."
About the Speaker
As a boy trying to get an edge in swimming competitions, Blaine taught himself a valuable lesson: "If you have the will and the drive, you can do almost anything." For him, it started with holding his breath under water long enough to beat the competition. Later, as a world renowned magician and endurance artist, his focus and dedication helped him achieve the challenge of holding his breath past the point when people would clinically be considered dead. He broke the world record at 17 minutes and 4 seconds, live on the The Oprah Winfrey Show.
For more than a decade, Blaine has been attracting the world’s attention with his high-profile endurance stunts. Starting his career as a magician who appeared to do the impossible with a deck of cards, he was soon following in the footsteps of Houdini—seeking out that which seems physically impossible and actually doing it. To that end, he’s been buried alive in New York City for a week, barely survived being encased inside a six-ton block of ice for three days and three nights, stood atop a 100-foot-tall pillar in Bryant Park for 36 hours without a safety net, survived inside a transparent box in London on nothing but water for 44 days and spent one week submerged in a sphere-shaped aquarium at Lincoln Center.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Blaine discovered his passion for magic at the age of four when he saw a magician perform in the subway. Encouraged by his mother, he began performing professionally at private parties by the age of 13. By the age of 23, Blaine had created, directed and produced an original television program titled Street Magic, which garnered rave reviews from critics and revolutionized the way magic is portrayed on television.
The New York Times noted that Blaine has "taken a craft that's been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with it."
Blaine has performed magic privately for U.S. presidents and international dignitaries. He also performed alongside Michael Jackson and during the Super Bowl halftime show. In 2010, Blaine performed magic for 72 hours straight in Times Square, raising nearly US$100,000 for relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti.
He currently resides in New York City with his fiancée and daughter.